How does the Injuries Board usually evaluate torn ankle ligament claims? I submitted my application when my employer admitted liability for my injury but the amount of compensation assessed by the Board seems rather low.
The Injuries Board calculate any torn ankle ligament claims based on the information the plaintiff supplies them with when they submit their application for assessment and the results of the independent medical examination that the plaintiff undertook. It is impossible to determine whether the injured ankle ligament compensation amount suggested by the Injuries Board is an adequate reflection of your injuries without examining your claim.
Compensation for torn ankle ligament claims is calculated based on the figures dedicated to ankle injuries in the Book of Quantum which are then altered to account for your sex, age and general state of health prior to your accident. Without knowing how badly the injury has affected your quality of life, finances or emotional wellbeing, the Injuries Board cannot possibly include these factors in your assessment.
For example, quantifiable emotional trauma such as anxiety, depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be included in torn ankle claims but if symptoms of such trauma manifests only after you have undergone a medical examination for your ankle ligament injury, and omitted from the application for assessment, this element of your ankle injury claim would not have been accounted for when the Injuries Board were calculating how much compensation you were entitled to. Additionally, the aspect of “loss of amenity” should be included in any ankle injury claim to account for any detriment to your quality of life.
In order to fully determine if an Injuries Board assessment of torn ankle ligament claims should be accepted, it is strongly advised that you discuss the circumstances of your injury with an experienced personal injury solicitor who can evaluate your claim in the free initial consultation that most solicitors offer and can subsequently recommend whether you should accept the assessment of if you should pursue your injured ankle ligament compensation claim by other means.